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Brita Borg “Fat Mammy Brown” Knappup Records (Sweden) Right to the LPCL Hall of Frames from LP cover lover Peter in Sweden! “This is how Sweden was in the year of 1957. Britta Borg was a loved jazz singer with a very deep voice. I found this 45rpm in a junkstore and paid 50 cents. I have not seen it before. Have about 3000 Lp´s many bought just for the cover so my collection is quiet mad.”
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The first cover courtesy of Alex Steinweiss: “Smash Song Hits by Rodgers & Hart” Columbia Records
Described as the father of record cover design, Alex Steinweiss, died Sunday at the age of 94. In 1939, after designing hundreds of packages, posters and catalogues for Columbia, Steinwiess convinced Columbia Records’ to let him “design” the first true record cover. Until then, 78s were sold in generic brown sleeves. He designed over 850 album covers for Columbia, London, Decca, and Everest Records, developing a trademark style and influencing cover artists and designers throughout the remainder of the century.
I wonder what he would have thought of LP Cover Lover.
Abbey Road The Beatles Apple Records (1969) One of the most iconic, celebrated and imitated LP covers ever. The Beatles final studio recording. Here’s a good one:
Another still from the shoot (above) and Steve just added this outtake (below) of the guys walking the other way (and note Paul’s sandals):
Jonah Jones “I Dig Chicks!” Capitol Records This one is in the Hall of Fame. I’ve had this record since I was a kid. I would sit on the floor listening with the cover on my lap dreaming of getting a job as a construction crane operator some day. Incidentally, this album won the Grammy for best Jazz Group Performance of 1958. (Seems hard to believe considering the amazing jazz that was being recorded that year by Miles, Monk, Mingus, etc., etc.!)
Bottom: “Destination Moon” The Ames Brothers RCA Records. Top: From Argentina on Camden RCA